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Indus Water Commission meet begins

Pakistan is expected to raise its concerns over certain power projects set up by India in Jammu and Kashmir at the 111th meeting of the Indus Water Commission which began here on Sunday.



New Delhi: Pakistan is expected to raise its concerns over certain power projects set up by India in Jammu and Kashmir at the 111th meeting of the Indus Water Commission which began here on Sunday.

The six-member Pakistani delegation is led by its Commissioner for Indus Waters Mirza Asif Beg.

Pakistan has been objecting to India's certain projects in Jammu and Kashmir, saying these were being done to stop the flow of water.

In recent years, differences over sharing river waters have emerged as a key irritant between the two countries. Pakistan has charged India with violation the Indus Waters Treaty, an allegation denied by India.

Pakistan's ruling PML-N had also brought up the issue of "water management" in the context of relations with neighbouring countries in its manifesto.

Some political leaders in Pakistan have gone to the extent of blaming India for the floods there.

In October last year, Pakistan's Senate standing committee on Cabinet Secretariat had asked the government to arrest its former Indus Water Commissioner Jamaat Ali Shah for not protecting the country's water rights.

According to Pakistani media reports, Shah was removed from office in 2010 after being accused of not protecting the country's water rights as he had allegedly failed to pursue the case put forward by Pakistan against the construction of the Kishenganga dam by India.

In September 2013, Pakistani military's official monthly magazine had accused India of indulging in water offensive by violating the Indus Waters Treaty.  

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